Re: [OT] could i use acer recovery from cd after parttion and mbr change ?
Jabka Atu wrote:
this is Off topic but :
I'd like to install Debian 64 on my acer 5102wlmi(notebook).
by that i will change the parttion structure and i don't know if i could
restore the system after crash.
did anyone tried this ? .
or how could i do disk image from live (i have only 5 gb of data on it)
Independent of whether you install debian or not, you should have a
backup of your system or at least of all your important data. I would
get a usb harddrive and use this as a backup medium, since it is both
cheaper and much more comfortable and probably also more reliable than
burned CDs/DVDs. It has the additional advantage that it can be easily
used together with a live CD, which would block your CD/DVD burner (I
assume that your notebook falls in the usual category of having just ONE
CD/DVD device :-) Alternatively you could do a backup over the network,
if you have enough space on an other computer that has a fast network
connection to your notebook.
Depending on your installed os and the partitions concerned, it might be
enough to copy just your data (if your OS is linux). If you want to
backup window$ ntfs partitions, it is generally not enough just to copy
the data, except for situations where you are sure that you have the
means to write all your data, config etc. even in the case of a hardware
crash, ie. when it is impossible to boot the computer. IIRC, it is also
impossible with a Window$ OS to copy all the data from the boot
partition, since some are locked by the OS. In this case I recommend to
use a knoppix CD or another linux live CD with the ntfsclone tool.
For windows on a fat partition you could try partimage.